via Tang Yau Hoong
Have you ever asked a kid what their goals for the new year are? They come up with the most inspiring stuff like:
Draw a picture,
Eat a worm,
Ride my bike,
Learn to read,
Bake a cake,
Fight a crocodile
I want to do that kind of stuff! But I’m a grown up now and grown ups are boring and have this ability to make even the most magical things like goals and dreams feel like chores. Why is it that adult New Year’s goals feel more like reprimands (like: lose weight, save more money, consolidate superannuation, publish more, get ahead) rather than things to aspire to. Could it be that all these “GOALS” are really just things that would make other people happy or impressed or jealous of us, instead of things that will actually contribute to our personal well-being?
Cause at first I think, yeah I want that important adult stuff (like: nice thighs and money to burn) so I diligently record them in my journal. Then I stop and wonder: am I just turning my year into a neurotic-cortisol-producing-nightmare? Could I keep the areas of health, finance, relationships, creativity, spirituality in good condition by focusing on more worthwhile things (like: be kind, be considerate, exercise moderation, smile, breathe, exercise some discipline).
When we get to the end of this year are we really going to reflect on how much money we saved, or how many runs we went on? I think we’ll enjoy those kinds of achievements as they happen, but what will we really remember? I think it’ll be the spontaneous stuff, the stuff that we’d always wanted to do that we finally did, the nights we almost wet ourselves laughing, the moments that went so quickly which we wished would never end.
So I’ll keep my boring grown up goals in a journal next to bed, but I’ll share with you some goals that I hope will inspire you to add more life to your own life goals.
Read more poetry,
Learn to paint (I’ve enrolled in a class already people!),
Swim or float in the ocean more,
Wear all my pretty dresses rather than saving them for special occasions,
Talk to strangers more,
Cook more of the food I grew up with,
Throw away/ donate/ recycle more superfluous stuff,
Dance more at home,
Dance more in general,
Write more love letters,
Observe/ buy more art,
Are all your goals so serious that you’re feeling tense already? Do you have any whimsical or fun goals? Losing 10 kilograms or saving $10,000 can make you feel good about yourself – but having a good time along makes life worth living. What fun goals do you have?